Create family memories that will last for a lifetime at Frankenmuth River Place Shops, the premiere shopping destination in Michigan’s Little Bavaria! The German-themed outdoor shopping mall is open year-round and features more than 30 shops and attractions and hosts free family events like Dog Bowl and the Funtown Chowdown Food Truck Festival.
River Place Shops is the perfect getaway for a day or weekend, with plenty of activities and places to explore to keep you busy for a longer vacation or return trips year after year! Featuring restaurants and wineries to keep you fueled up for your shopping trip, the shopping mall also includes heated sidewalks that encourage visits year-round.
Plan your visit to River Place Shops by visiting the website at frankenmuthriverplace.com and check out our annual calendar of events below. Dates may change from year to year so check online or on the Facebook page for details!
January: Snowfest Super Sales taking place during Zehnder’s Snowfest, typically the last weekend of the month
April: Bavarian Easter Celebration begins and continues through May, see the colorful holiday decorations throughout the shopping mall!
May: 2019’s first Funtown Chowdown Food Truck Festival of the season takes places May 9, and returns the second Thursday of each month from 3 to 9 PM May through September. Visit more than 15 food trucks and enjoy live music, free children’s play area and the entertaining Masskrugstemmen (beer steinholding) Challenge!
Dog Bowl: The world’s largest Olympic-style event for dogs includes dock and disc dog competitions, sheep herding demonstrations, wiener dog races, Rock N Roll K9s performances, agility competitions, a pet costume parade and contest and so much more! The free family event takes place Memorial Day weekend and is the same weekend as Balloons over Bavarian Inn, with nightly balloon glow events at River Place Shops. Find more information at dogbowlfun.com!
June: Funtown Chowdown Food Truck Festival from 3 to 9 PM Thursday, June 13.
July: Head to River Place Shops for the annual fireworks show starting at dusk on July 3.
Funtown Chowdown Food Truck Festival from 3 to 9 PM Thursday, July 11.
Cass River Colonial Encampment brings history to life at River Place Shops on July 20 and 21, with reenactors from the French & Indian War through the Revolutionary War. Tour authentic military camps, see tactical battles brought to life and talk to famous historical figures like Benjamin Franklin during this free family event!
August: Michigan’s Strongest Man & Woman Competition muscles its way through unique exercises like the keg toss, yoke lift and press weights to crown its top contestants. This free event takes places the first Saturday of August.
Tri Bavaria returns with both kid and adult events that take participants swimming in the Cass River, through River Place Shops and on a bike ride and run through Frankenmuth the first weekend of August. Registration is online through 3Disciplines management company.
Funtown Chowdown Food Truck Festival from 3 to 9 PM Thursday, August 8.
September: Funtown Chowdown Food Truck Festival from 3 to 9 PM Thursday, September 12.
October: Celebrate Halloween with two fun weekends at River Place Shops during Scarecrow Fest! Each weekend includes family-friendly activities like pumpkin bowling and painting, barrel train rides, arts and crafts and the ever-popular pumpkin catapult. Dog Weekend features Rock N Roll K9s performances, a pet costume contest and doggie trick-or-treating on Sunday. Kids Weekend brings in free family entertainment like magicians and jugglers and includes trick-or-treating throughout the shopping mall on Sunday.
November: Holiday Celebration and Candlewalk lights up River Place Shops the Friday evening after Thanksgiving and kicks off the Christmas season in Frankenmuth. It includes free hot cocoa and cookies, caroling led by the St. Lorenz Choir and a half-mile walk to the Chamber Platz for the traditional lighting of the Community Tannenbaum (Christmas Tree.) The festive event concludes with a visit from Santa Claus and a performance by the Curbside Singers.
December: The 12 Days of Christmas shopping promotion brings together a variety of River Place Shops stores and attractions with special deals that center around the number “12!” Find that perfect gift for your loved one from December 1 to 12.
River Place Shops is located 10 minutes east of I-75 between Flint and Saginaw, and about an hour north of Detroit. Learn more about the German-themed outdoor shopping mall and annual events at frankenmuthriverplace.com or on Facebook!